Skip to main content

PawTracks may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

This Disney+ docuseries about dogs is great for the whole family

Ah, the dog days of summer! Bicycling, swimming, hiking, summer camp — no matter how much fun you’re having, sometimes you just need to take a break from physical activities and spend a bit of quiet time with the family watching television.

What to watch? If you’re a dog-loving family, we recommend It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer on Disney+. This family-friendly docuseries is a must-see for the great relationships it highlights between humans and their canine friends, as well as the nostalgia of hearing Disney legend Bill Farmer’s voice throughout the show.

golden retriever and patriotic background
Image used with permission by copyright holder

What it is

Disney fans will recognize narrator Bill Farmer as the voice actor of Goofy and Pluto, a job he’s held for nearly 30 years. In this docuseries, he leads viewers all across the country to meet working dogs who do all kinds of incredible jobs that make human lives better.

The series is produced by Dog Tales Productions and GRB Entertainment, with executive producers Bill Farmer, Jennifer Farmer, Steve Duval, Gary R. Benz, and Phil Kruener.

The first season debuted on May 15, 2020, and included episodes starring dogs who sniff for whale poop (a real kid-pleaser, no doubt), surfing corgis, stunt dogs, and water rescue dogs, and dogs who help bees survive, among others. The second season is yet to be scheduled.

Why we like it

Goofy and Pluto fans will find it hard to resist closing their eyes to imagine their favorite Disney dogs as Bill Farmer speaks. (Goofy and Pluto do make a few cameo appearances, btw.) Kids of all ages will delight in watching dogs perform a variety of meaningful, comical, and heroic roles as man’s best friend.

In an interview on, Farmer said he wanted to make the series “upbeat and friendly” so that it could be a “fun celebration of dogs and all of the amazing jobs and things they do for us.”

The 10-episode first season wrapped up on July 17, 2020. And, although the follow-up hasn’t been scheduled, Farmer said they are working with a list of more than 50 stories they’d like to tell in season two. Happily, Farmer says they should be able to produce many more seasons without running out of story ideas.

small dog big stick

How to tune in

Shows like It’s a Dog’s Life are available with a Disney+ subscription. The on-demand, ad-free streaming service by the Walt Disney Company includes classic Disney movies as well as new shows created especially for Disney+ subscribers. Content from Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic is available, too, and can be streamed to a variety of devices, including smart televisions, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming consoles. Subscriptions cost $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year with unlimited downloads.

This family-oriented streaming service is great for families on the go. Now, no matter where your adventures take you, you can enjoy popular programming like It’s a Dog’s Life on your favorite electronic device. And for families who love their four-legged members of the family, It’s a Dog’s Life is a perfect way to snuggle in, settle down, and appreciate the sometimes weird and wonderful way that dogs add quality to our lives.

Editors' Recommendations

Debbie Clason
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Debbie Clason's work has appeared in Family Life Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Lutheran Witness, Massage Magazine…
Video: This family dog is the world’s best babysitter
This golden takes the best care of his tiny human
A dog sits outside and watches a baby

If you think family dogs don't make good babysitters, think again. While it's true a lot of pets encourage mischief, sometimes a particularly sweet animal will be perfect for the role of human watching. This adorable beastie has his child minding duties down to a science, as seen in the latest TikTok video in which a happy golden retriever follows around his little girl bestie as she plays through her day. It's called "Who needs a babysitter?" and proves that our buds are up to the task. (Okay, so you shouldn't actually leave your dog in charge of your child — but there are definitely pups out there who make perfect companions for kids.)

"Dogs can't be babysitters," reads the first title in this funny dog video. We see our golden star with his small child and then cut to her in the bounce house with the label "My dog." What follows is a look at all the ways he watches her go about the life of an active toddler, always followed by her trusty companion. (Obviously, the pup pup is not truly babysitting as presumably the parent is the one filming.) In addition to being safe, she clearly adores the attention of her furry friend.

Read more
Is your dog barking nonstop? Here’s how to get your noisy pup under control
How to step in and help your noisy dog stay quiet when barking nonstop
Dog barking at night

If you’ve ever tossed and turned because your neighbor’s pooch barked all night, then you know how incredibly frustrating a noisy dog can be. Don’t let your pup be "that" dog in your community. While it's perfectly natural for Fido to bark occasionally, excessive barking at unreasonable hours or for long periods is unneighborly.

Experts at the American Kennel Club (AKC) say that preventing nuisance barking should be a top priority for responsible pet parents. If you live with a loud four-legger that barks nonstop, take steps now to resolve the problem before your neighbor complains (or you lose your mind).

Read more
Do puppies sleep a lot? These are the perfectly normal sleeping habits of a healthy pup
Puppies sleep a lot, but here's what's normal and when to be concerned
puppy sleeping on lap of human with mustard yellow sweater

Do puppies sleep a lot?

Generally, puppies require abundant sleep — about 6 to 10 hours daily. Every pup is different, though. Some puppies sleep 20 hours a day to maintain their high energy levels, but, by about 16 weeks of age, most breeds of dogs will be able to sleep through the night.

Read more